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e buy bulk groceries and we buy bulk fruits and vegetables that we don't grow here on the homestead or that had a crop failure. We also forage, hunt, (turkey season running now on family acreage in the midwest, deer season coming fast and a "deer camp"trip in the planning stages) and glean, and we often look to our friends and family to come join our efforts to 'put by' the bounty.
WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR US
We have a grass finished beef we'd like to get to our favorite processor before he goes into deer processing mode. With the shutdown now eliminating our income for the foreseeable future, and fall winding the grazing season down into a hay feeding season, we have to immediately reduce the number of mouths eating grass (and purchased supplies such as hay) around here. Your timely support for our CSA and specialty meat products will ensure that this farm stays a farm producing local food for local folks. If you're interested in pulling together with us in these trying times, please read on for all the details I've spelled out. If you email me your phone number and the best time to call I will make a note to call you at your convenience.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
A share can be whatever amount of beef you want to take delivery on, or we can hold a limited number of orders in our own freezer for a couple of months. We need your deposit this week to keep the beef here on the farm, and to schedule the processing appointment in such time as to get it done before my favorite processor switches to deer processing mode!
I've shopped around to note that other CSA's offer beef in the amount of only sides and charge $600 for that side of beef, or charge $400 plus for a seemingly micro few cuts of beef delivered monthly for six months. We can talk about that arrangement if you really like that, but honestly I think I have a better idea that saves you money and yet meets our own needs. $5 per pound for 50 to 100 pounds of grass finished, no hormone, no chemicals, no antibiotics beef raised entirely on my homestead grass and purchased hay from a farmer neighbor. If you care, the breed is mostly angus and a pic can be emailed ...or not if you're rather not. So I suggest a $400 deposit to join my meat CSA which will be applied to our beef run this fall, our pork this winter, and our pastured poultry order this coming spring, and rabbit (mostly) year round. The cost per pound will be:
$2.50 per dozen most eggs
$2.00 per dozen smallest eggs
$5.00 per pound for beef,
$3.50 per pound for pork,
$3.75 per pound for pastured poultry, (started on locally grown feed while brooding th first four weeks, adding in pasture at least the last four weeks)---other feeds such as naturally grown or certified organic will have to be priced per request)
$5.50 per pound for rabbit. Duck to be announced as soon as I've worked out the production costs. So this CSA allows you to explore your options and to subsequently select for your own preference, and discounts and drawings will allow you to save even more money on the most healthy humanely raised meats around.
The simplest 1-2-3 scenario goes like this, ...
1. your deposit of $400 for our meat CSA, (or just $100 reserves the amount of beef you want),
2. I make the appointment for the beef, we let the butcher do his job, he calls and tells me the poundage, I call you and you send me the cost of your total share.
3. You pickup from me or meet me at his shop, or somewhere along my route of errands which range mostly from York to Hanover, East Berlin, Carlisle, Shippensburg, Chambersburg, Greencastle, Gettysburg, etc. Let me know if you need us to add in a location.
should work out like this...
1. Deposits received this week.
2. While we wait for the butcher to work his magic with our beef,
3. we will have a limited number of heritage breed meat rabbits being processed every week.
4. you let me know a tentative number of chickens and/or ducks so I can meanwhile research the duck and chick availability logistics and get back to you with your projected cost per pound estimate and my timing estimate, so you can reserve the number you think you'll need to get you through the winter to say April or May. (This late Indian Summer weather is allowing us extra time for pastured poultry production!) Meanwhile, if deposits are received this week,
5. our beef should be ready before Thanksgiving, and
6. our poultry by Christmas.
7. Our pork should be ready before Ground Hogs Day, (some people call this sausage, how interesting that they declared a national observance just for our Berkshire Pigs!) but a friend will be coming to help us process two right here on the homestead after the first of the year, so be sure to let me know if you'd like to get in on this event. We already have folks signing up for this butchering party but we have a half dozen pigs available and more litters on the way.
Your participation in our meat CSA will help us keep the farm gates open and the food growing, allow us to bring in more beef breed cattle to grow out for next year's beef needs, breed our Jersey and holstein breed cattle for next year's milk production, pay our phone bill, continue to feed our livestock and thus our families and yours, keep our healthy food growing locally available, and keep all our families healthier. Those in our CSA will be notified of other opportunities to join in low cost food preservation opportunities and even gleaning opportunities as they come up. In the past we have gleaned green beans, peaches, apples, plums, and rounded up stray poultry and honeybee swarms! Other families who are immediately affected by this shutdown have commented to me that this area is not supportive of farming,...well here's your chance to show the county, state, and nation how a community can pull together despite whatever insanity the nation gets into.
(This listing was last updated on Dec 29, 2013)